Districts 2, 8, & 9 Meeting: Clinical Implications of COVID
Victoria Blacksmith is a first-generation Mexican, her family originating from Jalisco, Mexico. Victoria holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is currently a pre-doc clinical psychologist. She is passionate about addressing the existing and historic inequities experienced by minority populations. Victoria’s research focuses on decolonizing mental health, which is the restoration and acceptance of cultural practices and values that were once abandoned, removed, or outlawed due to colonialism.
Victoria is an Organizational Consultant whose clients are primarily minority-owned non-profit organizations. She has served as Executive Director for the Friendship House Association of American Indians, working with individuals experiencing substance use and co-occurring disorders. She also served as Supervising Detention Officer for the Yolo County Department of Probation for a decade, working with incarcerated youth and youth involved in immigration proceedings. She was named Officer of the Year in 2013 and Supervisor of the Year in 2016. Victoria proudly serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Granite Wellness Centers and Granite Wellness Centers Foundation and provides individual psychotherapy through her private practice in Sacramento, CA.